Red Rydler & the summits of Mars

A space exploration poem by Johannes Beilharz

Dedicated to the one & only President Select

   

Oh ye Martians!

Here I come
from the West
in search of
something
commercially
useful on this
godforsaken red
planet, and as
a byline big
things to shoot
down in the
great tradition
of Teddy Roose-
velt and Ernie
Hemingway

My rifle, my
trusted companion
along with my
Marspack, the
Bible and my
nanotight space
suit, not to
mention the
Hummer III
Mars edition
I'm riding on

Oh ye Mars
babes, here
I come

Able white
male to
improve your
genes, bring
you free trade,
the blessings
of democracy,
and have a
helluva good
time while
I'm at it

And should I
die I shall say,
with my
President,
that I am
clear with my
god, and all
is well with
my soul

Red Rydler art by Joe Brainard (from a collage comic by Frank O'Hara and Joe Brainard, 1964)

Johannes Beilharz 2004

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